The floods were not a surprise. On July 16, the governor all but admitted there was nothing officials could do to prevent damaging floods from hitting Panthong and Phanat Nikom districts. At that meeting, he had government workers begin planning for the inevitable damage, evacuations and infrastructure.
The governor and his entourage make their way into flooded Phanat Nikhom to hand out relief supplies.
That preparation ensured that the bags of relief bags were ready to be passed out this month to waterlogged victims. About 1,000 bags of rice, dried foods, beverages and medicines were distributed to residents of Phanat Nikhom.